The Philadelphia Eagles injury list is still quite long, despite it being the offseason at this point.
Will the Philadelphia Eagles ever fully get healthy? The question isn’t a crazy one – the Eagles have struggled to remain in one piece throughout the last two seasons now. Last year, they had a handful of guys who weren’t ready to go by camp because they had offseason surgery after a long year. This offseason, the Eagles had a little bit more time to rest up and heal, but that doesn’t change the fact that guys are still recovering from injuries.
With the Eagles returning to the Nova Care Complex on Monday for offseason workouts, a few players were made available to the media. On Monday, Carson Wentz, Jason Kelce, and Zach Ertz held a small press conference, while Fletcher Cox had his own on Tuesday. Out of those four guys, three of them have revealed where they are at with their injury history. So with what we know, let’s roll through the number of guys who are dealing with health concerns at the start of workouts this year.
Carson Wentz, QB
As we all know, Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending back injury with three games left in the 2018 NFL season. The Eagles’ medical team confirmed that Wentz could play through the injury, but the team didn’t want to risk further damage. Therefore, they shut Wentz down. As of right now, his back is still healing, as expected. But Wentz confirmed he should be ready by OTAs. If he’s not ready, however, he stated that he will remain patient this time around and wait until he’s one-hundred percent and ready to go.
Fletcher Cox, DT
Over the offseason, there was some speculation that Fletcher Cox had a surgical procedure done on his foot. Well, on Tuesday, Cox confirmed to the media that his surgery did, in fact, happen. Cox will miss OTAs, but he expects to be ready for training camp by the time August rolls around.
Jason Kelce, C
So, it turns out that Jason Kelce is a warrior. We knew he was really good, but we didn’t realize just how tough this guy really is. Throughout the year, Kelce had as many upper-body injuries as you can have Yet, he didn’t miss a single game, although he probably should’ve. Maybe his injury concerns were the cause of his idea of retiring. Regardless though, Kelce will be back with the Eagles, and he mentions he’s as healthy as he’s ever going to be.
Josh Adams, RB
It’s been a quiet offseason for the undrafted rookie free agent running back, Josh Adams. Ever since his lack of playing time in the playoffs, Adams became an afterthought for the Eagles. As it turns out, his lack of carries most likely had something to do with the fact that his shoulder was injured. Adams underwent surgery on his shoulder after the postseason run. He won’t be ready until at least training camp.
Corey Clement, RB
Did Corey Clement tear his ACL last year? That was the belief going around in the rumor mill. But as Clement did an interview off campus on Monday night, he confirmed that his mysterious knee injury was not a torn ACL, and he expects to be ready by week one for the 2019 season. By the sound of it, Clement could be cutting it close to the preseason, but we’ll see.
Brandon Brooks, RG
Like Flecther Cox, Brandon Brooks suffered an injury that required surgery during the final playoff game. Unfortunately, Brooks’ torn Achilles is going to take a bit longer to recover from. Brooks’ goal is to be ready by week one, but that’s going to be a bit of a stretch. It would be surprising to see the Eagles’ guard get back on the field by September.